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Postman Pat: The Movie [DVD]
Postman Pat: The Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Mangan
Price: £3.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars come on pat, 20 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Postman Pat: The Movie [DVD] (DVD)
what a brilliant film, and ignore the people that have only put 1 star because the film is amazing at it brings joy to children's faces, and that has been the point for Postman Pat for years and it hasn't stopped since it started


Turning My Back on the Premier League
Turning My Back on the Premier League
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book..., 6 Oct. 2014
Brilliant book, all about being a Manchester Unted to a local essex team of mine, Dagenham & Redbridge, fantastic, very well written,


Is It Just Me? Free First Chapter
Is It Just Me? Free First Chapter

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Feb. 2014
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Brilliant book by the queen of comedy! Absolutely hillarious. Higherly reccomended and arguably the best autobiography ever. Absolute brilliance. Epic.


The Chase
The Chase
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 27 Jan. 2014
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Thought it was a really good game. Shouldn't have made this app any better. Unbeleivable HD game for an absolute bargain


Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 29 July 2013
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This is one of the best games ever, you have to get past all of this enemies. This game has the minions up and running. I hope you enjoy the game and I hope I have persuaded you to get this application. Cheers!


My Mum is a Loser (Barry Loser)
My Mum is a Loser (Barry Loser)
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4.0 out of 5 stars My mum is a loser, 26 May 2013
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This is a great book and it might be about 25 pages long but it is still a brilliant book. Anyone my age (10) would love these kind of books. The characters in it are Mum, Barry (Main character,) and bunny.


The Crafty Art of Playmaking
The Crafty Art of Playmaking
by Alan Ayckbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two books in one . . ., 3 Oct. 2012
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This book is basically two books in one.

The first half of the book is about writing plays and the second half is about directing plays. The whole is written in an easy going, humourous style, making the whole thing a pleasure to read. I sense, though, the second half of the book, though entertaining and interesting, will hold value but to a small minority of readers.

If you are looking for a book on playwriting, be warned, therefore, the relevant part of this book is less than a hundred pages long.

Though a very enjoyable ninety-six pages it is.


Fireproof
Fireproof

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, stunningly original book by a very talented author, 3 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Fireproof (Kindle Edition)
Gerard Brennan is one of those names in the circles I have come to know that oozes quality. Having read his WEE ROCKETS a short while back I was keen to have a look at his next outing - FIREPROOF - as quick as I could.

I was not disappointed.

Mmm . . . 'equal parts crime fiction, dark urban fantasy, and black comedy' - well there's a thing, eh. And I'd have to say it's a pretty accurate description.
FIREPROOF begins with Mike, a former Belfast bad boy, in Hell, being swallowed by his room-mate - a demon of horrific proportions, and somewhat unpleasant odours. Mike is no ordinary denzien of Hell, however. He has . . . powers. A bargain is struck twixt Mike and Lucifer, and Mike returns to life charged with spreading the word of Satansim, as only he can.

Let me say this first. I did not know what to expect from this book. I suppose I expected it to be similar to Wee Rockets, set as it is in Belfast, written by Gerard Brennan, noted for his Crime Fiction. But FIREPROOF is like nothing I've ever read before. Sure, it has it's crime-fiction elements. A vicious torturing gang, revenge killings, bank jobs, and numerous odious characters. But it is also a story of redemption, of hope, of the nature of religion, and of the spirit of man. And any story that includes Cerberus the three-headed dog of Greek mythology, a foul-mouthed imp, and a clairvoyant tramp called Cadbury, has my vote.

FIREPROOF is, like WEE ROCKETS, set in modern day Belfast. Brennan writes Belfast like his heart beats and bleeds for the place in equal measure. FIREPROOF is as much a social statement as anything else; a chilling indictment of the modern day world we live in - a tale of the lost and the dispossessed, the broken and the weary.

But like I said, it is also surreal and hilarious. Amongst the hilarity, however, and the darkness, there is a gentleness that shines through in Brennan's writing. Every character has feelings. Every character is vulnerable - even the imp. The central character, Mike, is brilliantly written, and the way he changes throughout the book, the way his vulnerability is exposed, is so subtle as to be almost imperceptible - until the end.

Just little touches, you know.And little touches make a great writer.

And through it all, beneath the surface, and above it, there is the constant dialogue regarding the very nature of belief itself.

FIREPROOF has many levels. It will make you laugh, it will make you shudder, and it will make you think.

A brilliant, stunningly original, book by a very talented author.

Top stuff, sir.


Bang Bang, You're Dead (Best of British Crime Fiction Book 2)
Bang Bang, You're Dead (Best of British Crime Fiction Book 2)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Brit Grit, 25 Sept. 2012
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Bang, Bang, You're Dead is the story of Sam - a twenty something fresh out of prison. Life has moved on whilst he's been inside. As it does. But some things stay the same. The pain of his brother's death. It runs deep. And someone knows the answers. Sam's mates, Weasel and Jonno, they don't know. Nor does his brother's wife, now moved on and living with someone else. It seems no-one has the answers Sam is searching for. But that doesn't stop him.

We follow Sam as he attempts to stay on the straight and narrow, whilst trying to discover who left his brother to die of an overdose. But to find the answers to these questions involves Sam mixing with some pretty unsavoury characters. The Nolan brothers, for a start, with their car crushing business. When I say 'car' crushing - to be honest, they're a little more flexible in their use of their machinery than just using it to crush cars. And then there is Vinnie, Weasal's dad - a gentleman and a gangster. And finally, Roberto Tardelli - a right nasty piece of work. Got the drug trade on the estate sewn up, he has. When Sam and Weasel and Jonno find themselves in the middle of this lot, decisions need to be made. Loyalties tested. But Sam has a score to settle, and not even the nastiest bastards in Hull are going to stop him from getting answers.

Bang, Bang, You're Dead is an absolutely cracking read. Quantrill tells the story through the eyes of Sam, with humility and compassion, yet pulls no punches. We feel Sam's loss, but Sam does not ask us to feel sorry for him. That is not an easy thing to pull off as a writer, and Quantrill does it expertly.

In his debut novella, it feels as if Quantrill has used the form to stretch out, to let loose. The dialogue still carries Quantrill's trademark terseness, but it is laden with anger and aggression. The violence in the book is necessary and brilliantly achieved. The plot is at one straightforward, yet emotionally intricate. And the pace of the whole thing is such that we tread the broken streets of Hull with Sam, by his side, looking for the answers that will bring peace to his troubled mind, the superb pacing of the whole leading to a climax and a twist I never saw coming from a million miles.

Bang, Bang, You're Dead is a brilliant example of top notch Brit Grit. Right up there with anything by Ray Banks or Allan Guthrie.


The Bitch
The Bitch

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant slice of modern day noir, 11 Sept. 2012
This review is from: The Bitch (Kindle Edition)
As it says in the blurb, 'the bitch' is prison slang for an 'habitual' criminal. A criminal is deemed 'habitual' if he is incarcerated three times. Jake has been inside twice, so 'the bitch' hangs over him like a modern day Damoclean blade.

At the beginning of the book, we find Jake on the straight and narrow, working in a hair salon, married, his wife due to have a baby. All is rosy. Jake is determined to stay straight, for his wife and for his unborn child. He even has plans to open up his own salon.

But a phone call straight out the past turns Jake's whole world upside down, and he is thrust into a nightmare out of which there seems no escape, where every choice he makes leads him further into hell.

Never before have I read a book wherein the main character's spiralling into the darkness is so brilliantly chronicled. Just as we think Jake has conquered one obstacle, another one comes along to hit him like a truck. So close does the trinity of reader, author, and Jake become, at one point, I wasn't only thinking 'how is Jake going to get out of this', I was thinking 'how is Les Edgerton going to write himself out of this'. But a man of Edgerton's ability is a man to trust to the very end. You know he will write the truth, however much it hurts.

THE BITCH is an absolute belter of a read, right up there with the very best books I've read in the last ten years.

Brilliant.


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